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Coalcliff pool upgrade

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Coalcliff rock pool

COALCLIFF rock pool will get an upgrade this winter, after Wollongong City Council this week accepted a tender for improvement works on the much-loved community facility.

Located on a natural rock shelf, Coalcliff is the city’s northernmost rock pool, and requires repairs to address natural erosion, structural issues and public amenity.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the work would bring the pool up to an improved standard for residents and visitors alike.

“A few years ago when we spoke with the community about what public assets they valued most, we got the very strong message that people love our rock pools,’’ he said.

“These works will help extend the life of the rock pool, and also make it easier for people to get in and enjoy a dip.

“Working on rock pools is always challenging, as we need to work around whatever conditions the ocean and weather throw at us. We’ll start work in May, and hopefully have the pool open again for swimmers by summer.”

The tender includes repair of the eastern seawall, new capping to existing concrete surfaces, and repair of the pool floor. Outside the pool itself, the existing footpath and stairs will be upgraded, and a new concrete path installed over the rock platform to connect the existing path and stairs to the pool. A shade structure will also be installed above the raised shower area, and drainage of the platform will be improved.

Following community consultation in 2016, the project will be supported with funds from the Stanwell Park Rock Pool Reserve.

While work is underway there will be no public access to the pool. Alternative swimming locations can be found on Council’s website. Leeder Park, including the children’s playground and public toilet, will be accessible throughout the project.

Council is also planning to continue repairs on the sea wall near Coalcliff Surf Club during the winter. Dates for this work are expected to be confirmed shortly.

For more information contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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